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Maass, Katja; Engeln, Katrin – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2018
Although well researched in educational studies, inquiry-based learning, a student-centred way of teaching, is far away from being implemented in day-to-day science and mathematics teaching on a large scale. It is a challenge for teachers to adopt this new way of teaching in an often not supportive school context. Therefore it is important to…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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van Aalderen-Smeets, Sandra I.; Walma van der Molen, Juliette H.; van Hest, Erna G. W. C. M.; Poortman, Cindy – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study used an experimental, pretest-posttest control group design to investigate whether participation in a large-scale inquiry project would improve primary teachers' attitudes towards teaching science and towards conducting inquiry. The inquiry project positively affected several elements of teachers' attitudes. Teachers felt less anxious…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Pretests Posttests, Teacher Attitudes
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van Uum, Martina S. J.; Verhoeff, Roald P.; Peeters, Marieke – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper describes a multiple case study on open inquiry-based learning in primary schools. During open inquiry, teachers often experience difficulties in balancing support and transferring responsibility to pupils' own learning. To facilitate teachers in guiding open inquiry, we developed hard and soft scaffolds. The hard scaffolds consisted of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Independent Study, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Janssen, Fred; Westbroek, Hanna; Doyle, Walter – Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
Amid calls for more practice-based teacher education, this article presents a concrete illustration of a practice-based bridging strategy for preparing high school biology teachers to enact open-inquiry labs. Open-inquiry labs were considered a core practice frame that served as a context for identifying core practices and for giving coherence to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, Science Instruction, Teacher Education
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Rutten, Nico; van der Veen, Jan T.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In this study we investigated the pedagogical context of whole-class teaching with computer simulations. We examined relations between the attitudes and learning goals of teachers and their students regarding the use of simulations in whole-class teaching, and how teachers implement these simulations in their teaching practices. We observed…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Computer Simulation, Statistical Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Alake-Tuenter, Ester; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Tobi, Hilde; Wals, Arjen E. J.; Oosterheert, Ida; Mulder, Martin – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Inquiry-based science education is an important innovation. Researchers and teachers consider it to be stimulating for pupils' application of research skills, construction of meaning and acquiring scientific knowledge. However, there is ambiguity as to what competencies are required to teach inquiry-based science. Our purpose is to develop a…
Descriptors: Teachers, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Journal Articles
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Klop, Tanja; Severiens, Sabine E.; Knippels, Marie-Christine P. J.; van Mil, Marc H. W.; Ten Dam, Geert T. M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This article evaluated the impact of a four-lesson science module on the attitudes of secondary school students. This science module (on cancer and modern biotechnology) utilises several design principles, related to a social constructivist perspective on learning. The expectation was that the module would help students become more articulate in…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design, Student Attitudes
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van der Valk, Ton; de Jong, Onno – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The present study deals with a school-based professional development trajectory for secondary science teachers, aiming at scaffolding teachers in open-inquiry teaching for the topic of water quality. Its design was based on the leading principle of "guiding by scaffolding". Seven experienced teachers participated in institutional…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Faculty Development